Early goals doom Roc City Royals, falls to Maine Wild, 8-1

Maine Wild opened up a four-goal lead after the first period and did not look back en route to an 8-1 win over Roc City Royals.

Maine Wild got the win behind a great game by Matt Henderson, who had one goal and three assists. Henderson scored 12:24 into the first period to make the score 3-0 Maine Wild. Noel Fischer picked up the assist.

Maine Wild\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. Maine Wild surpassed its season average of 16.0 penalty minutes per game. Maine Wild forced Roc City Royals\’ netminders to work without much rest, ripping 56 shots and forcing 48 saves. Justin Nevinger made seven stops and George Collins made 41. Maine Wild stifled Roc City Royals\’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Maine Wild\’s goal total was higher than its season average. Maine Wild averages 3.1 goals per game.

Maine Wild additionally got points from Fischer, who also tallied two goals and one assist. Others who scored for Maine Wild included Ryan Donohue, who had two and Ricky Ruck, Matt Jerome, and Nick Deveau, who each put in one. In addition, Maine Wild received assists from Spence Cowand, Ignat Molchanov, Chris King, and Taylor Zion, who contributed one each and Zach Gagne, Drew Lupardo, and Drew Sommerhof, who each chipped in two.

Roc City Royals racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 10 minors and two majors for 50 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 27.0 minutes per game Roc City Royals had been spending in the box. Roc City Royals did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Roc City Royals averages 3.4 goals per game.

Jon Fields recorded 20 saves for Maine Wild. Maine Wild registered three goals on eight power play opportunities. Maine Wild ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Joe Giannini was ejected from the game. Roc City Royals registered zero goals on three power play opportunities. For Roc City Royals, Bryan Smith and Dominic Gruttadauria were ejected from the contest.